Thursday, July 16, 2009

Surgery Went Well

I haven't been much of a blogger lately, but I wanted to post a quick note to let everyone know that we are home and Aiden is doing great!

For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, Aiden had surgery at the Arkansas Children's hospital in Little Rock on Wednesday.

A few months ago he had a large cyst develop under his tongue. His ENT drained 22 cc of fluid out of it...that thing was huge! That gave him temporary relief, but in order to keep it from coming back, he had to have the haywire salivary gland removed.

Usually a regular ENT can do a ranula removal, but Aiden's was in a really weird place so his ENT sent us to Childrens. The CT showed that the cyst was "midline" (apparently very unusual) and they thought that both sublingual salivary glands would have to be removed.

The surgery took half as long as expected, and it turned out that they only needed to take one gland! He checked all the others and they look fine. Yippee! Everyone was very surprised and happy.

It was such a struggle to decide to do the surgery. He could have gone years without the cyst coming back. Three ENT's and an oral surgen all agreed that we should do it. But what really made me feel good about it was the calm reassurance I got in answer to my prayers.

Aiden has been such a trooper and I am certainly happy to have it over with! Thank you all for your prayers and offers of help.


Scott and Nicole said...

Glad to hear everything went well and wasn't as involved as you were expecting. It's always nice to have pleasant surprises!

Hooper Family said...

Yay! So glad that things went so well for him. Hope he is recovering well.

Darrell and Alissa said...

Recover quick Aiden!! Glad things went well!

Brigette Little said...

Glad to hear that everything went well! We have had six surgeries with our boys. It's always kind of scary to send them off, and always so great to have it done.

Joanne, Duane said...

So glad all went well with Aiden. I love following your blog and wondered what was happening. Our prayers are with you and the family.

kelgrandy said...

I'm happy to hear that things went well. It can always be a scary decision to make. We LOVE Chidren's. I wonder if you have the same ENT down there that we do???